Medium Length Haircuts That Will Make The Most Of Your Brunette Hair

There isn't an easier way to revive and elevate your style than getting a fresh haircut. Medium-length hair is versatile and can be worn in so many different ways: it won't leave you limited to just a few styles to have fun with.

Mid-length hair typically falls between the shoulder and the armpit. Some describe it as the perfect in-between cut if you don't want to commit to super-long locks, without sacrificing too much length. (Yes, you can totally still wear an updo with it.) This also makes a relatively low maintenance style. Hairstylist Harry Josh tells Allure, "It's the magical length. It has the flexibility of long hair, great for a bun or ponytail, but it can do its own thing down."

Pair a mid-length cut with a breathtaking brunette color, and you'll have the hair of everyone's dreams. Brunette hair is all the buzz lately, with celebrities like Hailey Bieber jumping on the trend and dyeing her iconic blonde locks a gorgeous shade of brunette. From TikTok's brownie batter hair to the lived-in brunette hair color, there are plenty of brown shades to experiment with.

The textured lob

The textured lob is the go-to haircut if you love a natural, wavy look that can be easily styled. Krysta Biancone, a hairstylist and co-founder of Amari Salon & Spa, explained to Bustle that "A textured lob looks great when styled with beachy waves or messy texture." If you have brunette hair with a blend of different tones, a balayage, or highlights, this haircut will show off your hair's dimension with the waves. We recommend using the OUAI wave spray post-cut to give yourself this gorgeous undone look.

Wispy front bangs

"If you want something fun that'll incorporate new styles into your regular hair routine, wispy bangs can be a simple way to do just that," hair expert Megan Giaimo told Byrdie. These bangs are versatile and soft and will pair well with any hairstyle; from a glamorous updo to a casual, blowout look, you won't run out of ways to style your fresh bangs. To recreate Dakota Johnson's infamous brunette front-bang look, ask your stylist for soft, wispy, and textured front bangs that fall at the eyebrows.

Side swept waves

Give your brunette hair more volume, movement, and texture with side-swept waves. You can copy this stylish cut with long layers or a blunt cut depending on your style, as both look good when swept to the side. This edgy but classic look is perfect for all of the low-maintenance girls out there who want an easy go-to hairstyle. Style it pin straight for a sleek, voluminous look, or add waves to your locks for a beach-inspired look.

Flip out cut

For a vintage-inspired look, try the flip-out cut to get bouncy, soft tresses. The nice part about this sophisticated cut is that it creates shape on darker hair colors, which can easily look a bit dull when stick-straight. It can also be styled for a glamorous event, or in a more laid-back way by wearing your hair in a casual ponytail or rocking the trendy half-up, half-down hairdo. To recreate Megan Fox's hair from the 2023 Grammys, blow dry your hair with a round brush and flick the ends out. Then, run a straightener through your hair to flick the ends again to create an effortless, bouncy finish.

Middle part with long layers

The middle part hairstyle with long layers is an effortless cut that suits any hair type — whether you have straight or curly locks, you'll look amazing with this flattering cut. Hairstylist Fae Norris noted to Bustle that this is "an awesome look for both super straight and hair with some curl," continuing, "With the right face shape, a small, disconnected, wispy bang completes the package." Since you don't have to worry about a bad bang day, this cut is super easy to style for the low-maintenance folks out there.

Long face-framing layers

This cut is perfect if you don't want to part ways with your length but still want to take off some weight and freshen up your hair. To achieve this look, ask your hairstylist for long, face-framing layers throughout the hair. Ask for soft layers to recreate the wispy, lightweight look. Try styling by using a waving wand to achieve beautiful, natural waves that will give you that beachy, tousled style that's fit for a glam night or a brunch date with friends.

Curly lob

Embrace your big, beautiful curls with this flattering mid-length cut. To achieve ultimate volume, ask your hairstylist for a blunt lob cut or one with long layers to accentuate your brunette curls and give your hair more movement. To get the most out of your curl cut, try the Dae 3-in-1 Cactus Styling Cream. This styling cream works to tame unwanted frizz, hydrate hair, and adds shine to keep your curls looking chic all day long.

Blunt cut

For a look that will completely transform your brunette locks, try the mid-length blunt cut. This haircut typically reaches the collarbone or lands slightly above it and will give you sharp, razor-cut ends that make a statement. For those anxious about the sharp style, celebrity stylist Gregory Patterson advised Byrdie that "You shouldn't be anxious about blunt ends because hair grows in uniformly, and a blunt edge helps to avoid split ends since there is a sharp clean slice."

Midi flick cut

The midi flick cut is a trendy, timeless haircut that has been sported by celebrities and influencers like Kaia Gerber, Matilda Djerf, and Jodie Comer. Hairstylist David Lopez tells Real Simple: "It's kind of what people say is 'mom-length' — at the collarbone, or just below it. Not quite long, not quite short. It's the length where the hair tends to flip out after you've had a bob."  It looks especially gorgeous if your hair has caramel tones in it. To copy this stylish cut, ask your hairstylist for soft, airy layers that will give your hair movement and definition. 

Voluminous curls with face-framing layers

Show off and embrace your bouncy hair with this stunning voluminous haircut. When you're at the salon, ask your stylist for long, face-framing layers instead of short choppy layers to get this blown-out look. The varying layers create dimensional volume that can be great if you've been looking to bring your curls back to life after lots of heat styling. To lock in your curls, use the Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Cream. This cream will keep your curls defined, moisturized, and shiny while preventing unwanted frizz.


If you thought you had seen the last of the mullet cut, prepare to be seeing a lot more of the funky, unique cut. The mullet is all about choppy layers that are shorter in the front, and longer in the back. The new mullet is a variation of the '90s-style haircut with a modern twist. As celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Nine Zero One salon Riawna Capri mentioned to PopSugar, "It's a more modified and more fashion-forward version of the mullet."

Wolf cut

The wolf cut is one of the many edgy, animal-inspired haircuts that has gone viral on TikTok, with videos tagged #wolfcut gaining over three billion views. The cut is a blend of the shag and the mullet but differs from the cuts as it emphasizes longer shaggy layers. To keep your hair from falling flat, you'll need to style the wolf cut to give it texture to show off your brunette shade properly. We recommend using OUAI's Texturizing Hair Spray to lock your hair in place.

Butterfly cut

The butterfly cut is the new it-girl hairstyle that's all about emphasizing your layers and volume. It's a feathery, airy haircut that prioritizes layers throughout the hair for ultra-movement and dimension. "If you look back to '90s glam, or Rachel from 'Friends,' you'll see the face-framing, voluminous layers that make the butterfly cut what it is," hairstylist Teryn Tucker told Allure. If you think you want to try this gorgeous look, ask your stylist for sweeping, wispy layers throughout the hair.

Modern shag

The modern shag is an edgy, grunge-inspired cut that is having its own moment. "As a whole, a shag is cut by pulling everything forward with a more dramatic contrast of layering [rather] than the average long layers," Nashville-based stylist Andy Judd stated to Allure. With this cut, you'll see more face-framing layers that bring out the volume and movement in your locks. Celebrities like Zendaya, Taylor Swift, Halle Berry, and Bella Hadid have all been seen sporting this trendy cut.

The Rachel cut

For a cut that defined the '90s and became a signature haircut from the iconic show "Friends," get the Rachel. The modern Rachel features face-framing layers that will emphasize your vibrant brunette locks. According to hairstylist Sal Salcedo, "The Rachel works best on hair just above your shoulders as this length really shows that '90s cut. However, if your hair is a few inches below your shoulders you can add a new modern revamp to this iconic '90s look" (via Glamour UK). 

The octopus

For a more unique cut to show off your brunette locks, try the octopus cut. This cut features choppy layers throughout the hair that are meant to mimic an octopus's tentacles. Celebrity hairstylist Michael Duenas mentioned to The Zoe Report, "The octopus haircut is very short layers on top with a longer length towards the bottom.[It's] essentially a modern shag." The short layers on the top will give your hair that much-needed dimension that will make your hair color shine.

Flicked bob

Billie Eilish debuted her new dark hair with old Hollywood-inspired locks at the 2022 Oscars. The iconic look a gorgeous flicked bob with soft, side-swept bangs. For this elegant and sophisticated cut, ask your hairstylist for a sweeping fringe paired with long layers throughout the hair. To recreate Billie Eilish's iconic look, use a blow dryer and round brush to dry your ends outwards, and then use a straightener to flick the hair out until it leaves you with a bouncy flick.

U-shape haircut

The U-shape haircut is a new cut that is currently trending all over social media. When it comes to emphasizing your brunette locks, the more volume the better, which is what the U-shape haircut works to achieve. The cut features short layers at the sides of your hair while leaving the back long for ultimate thickness. As stylist Raven Hurtado, told Byrdie, "The U-shape haircut removes weight and bulk and gives lift towards the front [to look] less boxy on thick hair, but it can also work with finer hair to give body."

Shoulder-length lob

Gabi Wilson, R&B artist known as H.E.R, showed off her stylish shoulder-length lob that featured tight curls and volume. This cut is perfect for shoulder-length hair but if you have slightly shorter or longer tresses, the cut will still flatter your dark-colored hair. Whether you have ringlets like H.E.R or sleek, pin-straight hair, you can rock this effortless and chic look. For the straight-haired girls, we recommend giving yourself a voluminous blowout to accentuate your hair's bounce and fresh lob cut.

The mob

The mob is the trending haircut that's the perfect in-between length that's not long, but not short, either. Unlike the bob, which emphasizes a blunt, one-length cut, the mob has long layers throughout that give the hair a more tousled, weightless feel. While the mob is known for being the perfect cut for mature women, it's a flattering cut that can be worn by women of all ages. To recreate Jenna Ortega's look, run a waver through your locks to give them that effortless, beachy wave.

Curtain bangs

To elevate your brunette locks, why not try a bang chop that will refresh your hair? Curtain bangs are soft bangs that frame the face and accentuate your best features. They start shorter at the front and get longer towards the back of the hair. Fortunately, maintaining these bangs is super simple as long as you visit your hairdresser regularly. Celebrity hairstylist Ashley Streicher advises Byrdie, "The best way to maintain curtain bangs is to keep them the perfect, most effortless length, which means trimming them often."

The c-cut

The c-cut, also known as the curve cut, is the mid-length cut to get if you want to create the illusion of longer locks. Jamie Wiley, hairstylist and Pureology artistic director, tells Real Simple, "This curved shape gives the impression of longer hair because the hair appears to flow smoothly and seamlessly, without any harsh lines or choppy layers that can make the hair look shorter." To get this cut, ask your hairstylist for shorter layers at the front that get longer as they reach the bottom, creating that sophisticated c-shape.

The air cut

For a cut that will emphasize your hair's volume and thickness, try the trendy air cut. Harry Josh, celebrity stylist and creator of Harry Josh Pro Tools, explains to Byrdie that, "The cut is all about creating volume and movement by using face-framing layers and wispy bangs. The cut should look airy and a little messy, like you just ran your fingers through it." This cut is great for brunettes who have highlights or a balayage color, as the layers will make emphasize their dimensional locks with this effortless cut.

Mod angle cut

The mod angle cut is the perfect chop to go for if you want to emphasize the shape of your hair. It's super versatile and can be worn in a classy and elegant updo or left down in a straight, sleek look. Chad Wood, a celebrity hairstylist, notes Vanessa Hudgens is a good example of this style, explaining to Byrdie that "Shoulder-length hair is so chic and classic, and it's easy to wear either up or down. To show off the angle, it's especially great worn straight . . ."

Long feathered layers

Long feathered layers will get rid of too much bulk and weight, and leave your hair feeling light and airy. It's all about feathered layers that frame the face and give your hair volume, without the bulk. Ask your stylist for layers that are feathered at the end to recreate this sultry and chic look. You can pair your layers with curtain, front, or side bangs to add your own unique twist to this modern and stylish cut.